Lesson Plan

Swift Fox Inquiry & Presentations

Swift fox, National Park Service photograph
Swift fox

National Park Service photograph

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Grade Level:
Seventh Grade-Twelfth Grade
Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Conservation, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
50—150 minutes (1—3 periods)
National/State Standards:
Life Science Content Standard C, 7.L.3.1, 7.S.1.1, 7.S.2.1, 8.S.1.1, 8.S.2.1, 9-12.L.3.1, 9-12.N.1.1, 9-12.N.1.2


In this lesson, students create a presentation about swift fox and Badlands National Park. Students will choose from a list of predetermined topics. Students use prompt questions related to their topic to research and present the required information to fellow students.


Students will practice skills in biological research by investigating the answers to prompt questions related to the swift fox topic to be presented. Students working in pairs or groups will practice collaborative thinking in order to present a single presentation as a group. Each student will become an expert on their topic and be responsible for teaching what they have learned to fellow class- mates through the presentation. Students who observe each presentation are responsible for the content by answering follow-along questions.


Teacher Background Information, Student Group Presentation Topics Sheets, Student Group Presentation Follow-Along Question Sheets.



  • Students can informally assess other presentations dependent upon whether or not they are able to answer the follow-along questions from the content delivered. If students are finding it difficult to answer the questions, required information may be missing from the presentation.
  • If a formal document is desired, adjust the Group Presentation Topics Sheet and use it as a check- off list for completion of required information.
  • Students can also be given an individual grade based on their participation in collaborative group work. This may dissuade students from allowing others to carry the load.


There are many other National Parks that have translocated or reintroduced species. You can use the same questioning and topic technique to inquire about other species in similar situations throughout the National Park Service.

Depending on the ability to work with other classrooms or grade levels, students may be able to share their presentations with other students. The class could collectively put together one cohesive presentation and teach other students (possibly younger students) about the Swift Fox and Badlands National Park. If you are within close proximity to the park, you could visit as a class or become guides for lower grade levels.

Additional Resources


Endangered Species Act, endangered, listed, threatened, extinct, extirpated, reintroduction, translocation

Last updated: April 10, 2015